McHenry County–or at least its insurance company or risk management agency–got off the hook for the $100,000 deductible in its policy.
That was more than eaten up by attorneys’ fees before a $300,000 settlement was agree upon.
That settlement came after Federal Judge Frederick Kapala ruled that Deputies in the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department violated the illegal search and seizure protections provided by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitutions.
No search warrant had been issued before Department Deputies went into the home, searched it–including climbing the stairs to the second floor.
In a case reported by the Chicago Tribune today.
In the Chicago case, the Tribune titled the article
$565,000 award in bungled cop raid
The jury found, “…one officer at fault for a falsified warrant and two others responsible for the illegal 2007 search,” according to the article.
By settling the cases brought by Dr. Jerome and Carla Pavlin for $300,000 without a trial, perhaps the county saved its risk management agency money.
It also saved the deputies that took part on the raid possible personal penalties, such as were levied in the Cook County case:
- Officer Sean Dailey -$100,000
- Sgt. Salvatore Reina – $10,000
- former Lt. Dennis Ross – $5,000
And these guys didn’t injure two senior citizens, a situation that might have garnered jurors’ sympathy.
Seven McHenry County Sheriff Department Deputies were defendants in the Pavlin case.
A summary of the case and the first $118,000 in legal fees can be found here.